Bristle-Thighed Curlew, Numenius tahitiensis
Until 1948, this curlew's nesting site, far out on the Yukon River Delta was a mystery. Newly-hatched curlews may walk miles to gather in nursery groups. Long after parents leave, the young, plump from crowberries, finally take flight; their instinctual navigation skills to distant islands are complex and phenomenal. This 17 inch, migratory "species of concern" finds prime nesting on Palmyra, alive with the curlew's whistled teeoips.